Reclining Nude
c. 1892
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
On View

The female nude was Renoir’s most enduring subject; he painted several hundred over the course of his career. His late nudes indicate the artist’s drastic departure from his youthful Impressionist agenda, his increasing devotion to classical tradition, his retreat into a private Arcadian world. This graceful example takes its place in a tradition that aligns the female body with the ideal landscape and the cycles of nature. The contours of the nude rhyme with those of the hillside. A glimmering patch of blue suggests the sea far below.


  • Artist Name: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
  • Title: Reclining Nude
  • Date: c. 1892
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 13 x 16-3/8 in. (33.0 x 41.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1969.02.P
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

The artist, sold to;
[Bernheim-Jeune, Paris].
Mme. Olivier Sainsère, Paris, by 1927 to at least 1967.
Farjon, Paris.
[Stephen Hahn, New York, to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

Cinquante Renoir Choisis parmi les nus, les fleurs, les enfants

  • Paris, Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, 1927-02-28 to 1927-03-25

Figures nues d'école français

  • Paris, Galerie Charpentier, 1953-05-28 to 1953-09-30

Chefs d'oeuvre de Renoir dans les collections pariculières françaises. Exposition organisée au profit de la Ligue contre le Taudis

  • Paris, Galerie Beaux-Arts, 1954-06-10 to 1954-06-27

A. Renoir

  • Montreal, Galerie Hervé, 1967-05 to 1967-06

Recent Acquisitions by the Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1969-01-24 to 1969-08-12

Three Centuries of French Art: Selections from The Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art and the Norton Simon Foundation_2

  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1974-10-19 to 1976-06-15

Selections from the Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art

  • Princeton University Art Museum, 1972-12-03 to 1974-07-17
  • Goulinat, J.-G., L'Art Vivant, p. 23
  • Schneider, Bruno F., Renoir, p. 62
  • Daulte, François, Auguste Renoir: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, 1971, 623
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, p. 132
  • Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1, 2006,
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 564 p. 313

Additional Artwork by Artist

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Bouquet of Lilacs Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1875-1880
Nude Pierre-Auguste Renoir c.1872

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